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Oklahoma/Colorado Basketball Open Game Thread

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Tip Time: 3:00 CST
Location: Boulder, Colo. | Coors Events Center
TV: ESPNU
Radio: KRXO FM-107.7 in Oklahoma City; KTBZ AM-1430 in Tulsa; Sirius 126

Two things are for certain today. One, Oklahoma's lineup is depleted without Longar Longar and the guards aren't handling the extra pressure that has resulted from it. Second, if there was ever a must win situation for the Sooners this is it. After losing consecutive games to Texas A&M and Texas OU must get this game on the road in Boulder.

In a four guard lineup Richard Roby leads the Buffaloes in scoring and rebounding with 17 and 6.5 respectively. Marcus Hall is the only other player averaging double figures in scoring with 12.6 per game along with 4 rebounds. From there Colorado has a significant decrease in productivity. Cory Higgins scores 8.4 points per game with 4 rebounds, Dwight Thorne adds 3.2 points per game and the lone big man, forward Marcus King-Stockton, gives Colorado 2.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots per game.

Despite being thin in the post Oklahoma's game plan should still be to work the ball inside to the Griffin boys (Taylor 6-10, Blake 6-11) who have a considerable size advantage over a Colorado team that averages only 6-5.

A win today keeps tournament hopes alive while a loss means the NIT could be where the Sooners should be setting their sites.